Managing Solicitor (Family Violence Prevention)

Canberra or Nowra  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term to Dec 2023 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to lead our newly established Family Violence Prevention unit with teams based in Canberra and Nowra. 

Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit an experienced Family Law Solicitor seeking to build and demonstrate their management capabilities.

 

About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.

About the role

The Managing Solicitor, Family Violence Prevention supports the Principal Solicitor, Care & Protection/Family Law Practice in the delivery of culturally appropriate legal advice, including early intervention and outreach services, representation, community legal education being provided by the Family Violence Prevention Unit. 

This new role support the development of this unit including staffing, policies and practices, and program evaluation to demonstrate outcomes from this project.

Your skills and experience

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales or the Supreme Court of ACT with a practising certificate or eligible for a practising certificate with up to 6 years of demonstrated experience in the relevant fields of law
  • Proven ability to manage the day to day activities of a Family Violence Prevention Legal Service office at various locations including the supervision of staff, the allocation of work, and management of workloads and regular review of performance
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and understanding of relevant care & protection/family legislation, case law and court proceedings and ability to effectively represent and advocate for Aboriginal clients
  • Demonstrated excellence in consultation, interpersonal, influencing, motivational, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, combined with strong people management skills and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload

How to apply

Download the application package for this position 

Please submit the completed application package to Louise Coady, Principal Solicitor, Care & Protection & Family Law at [email protected]  

If you have any enquiries or would like to discuss the role, please contact Ann Pitkeathly, Recruitment Manager at [email protected]  

 

Applications for this position have been extended and now close on Wednesday 30 November 2022.

 

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